Frequently asked questions

How can counselling and psychotherapy help me?

People seek professional therapy for different reasons. Anyone from any walk of life, status, religion, at times can experience some form of psychological or emotional distress in their life, sometimes on an ongoing or intermittent basis, or taking us by surprise suddenly. Others can struggle with behavioural problems that they just cannot seem to overcome alone. For whatever reason you decide to come to therapy and your personal expectations, the experience will differ for everyone.

What issues can counselling and psychotherapy help with?

Therapy can help with many issues that someone may go through at some point in their life, some of which include: - Addiction Support Therapy - Anger Management - Anxiety, Stress and Panic Attacks - Bereavement, Grief and Loss - Bullying and Harrassment - Childhood Issues, Abuse and Trauma - Conflict Resolution - Coping with Chronic Illness - Depression / Emotional Crisis - Psychological or Emotional Distress - Family Issues - Marriage / Relationship / Sexual issues - Personal Growth / Self-Esteem / Confidence - Post-natal Depression - Separation / Divorce - Suicide prevention / Self-harm

How can I book an appointment?

You can arrange an appointment by contacting me using any of the methods below: Telephone/Text: 086 109 7247 Email: Complete the contact form on this website.

What will happen at the first session/consultation?

The first session includes the consultation which involves completing some therapy assessment forms. These forms are CBT scales (CORES) measuring your general well-being, anxiety levels and depression symptoms levels based on how you have felt in the last week. We will discuss what you are looking for from therapy, and how we might work together, discussing your expectations and the therapy process. This usually takes about 30 minutes, afterwhich we will use the rest of the time to have a session brining us up to the hour.

How long do sessions last?

All sessions last for one hour. It is the client's responsibility to ensure that they arrive on time for all appointments, as time cannot be made up at the end of sessions.

Do I need to bring anything?

Only yourself is necessary to bring to our sessions. If you are seeking a CBT form of therapy, this will involve some tasks, challenges to do at home to practice the learning experience from sessions, often worksheets to supplement the work explored in sessions. It may be a requirement for you to bring in any supplemental work completed at home to the next session. The most important thing for you to bring is anything that helps you to feel comfortable and relax.

How many sessions do I need?

The profession recommends that a new client meet with a new therapist intially for 6 sessions. This is a recommendation, on the basis that it takes time for the therapeutic relationship to build, as a guide, you should feel some benefit from coming to our sessions within 6 sessions. Some clients feels the benefit in less than 6 sessions, it is a unique experience for everyone, and it is not obligatory for you to attend 6 sessions. I will review our therapy progress every 6 sessions using the therapy assessment forms we competed at the consultation. These assessment forms help to benchmark your progress. At the review, we can discuss together how we feel therapy has helped, any other direction that you would like to take, or is there anything we have missed. This review is an opportunity for you to take control of the direction you want therapy to go. Guiding me how I can best help you in your therapeutic goals, allowing me to refine the therapy to continually evolve to suit your individual needs, working together in a safe and confidential environment.

How often do I need to come to sessions?

Our sessions will be weekly for one hour, and can be every second week if you have been in therapy for some time and have nearly reached a desired point in your expectations/goals of therapy. Therapy is most beneficial when attended on a weekly basis to maintain the therapeutic process, but can be attended every 2 weeks if it is more preferrable for financial or work comittment reasons.

How much do sessions cost?

The first session/consultation is discounted to €40.00 All sessions thereafter are €60.00 There is the option to pay for a group of 6 sessions in advance for €300.00 (6 sessions for the price of 5 sessions) Fees are paid either in cash or by cheque (currently no card payment facilities available) Receipts can be provided at the end of therapy, with a full statement of account of all sessions attended and paid for upon request.

CONTACT: Justine Wilson Psychotherapist Counsellor CBT Therapist in Naas/Newbridge

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